23 September 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) and St Vincent's Health (Melbourne) have been awarded competitive research funds by beyondblue to study multidisciplinary ways of alleviating depression and anxiety among patients with heart disease.
The joint project, Improving depression and anxiety screening of patients with heart disease: implementing a multidisciplinary clinical pathway, has been granted $78,365 by beyondblue, the national depression and anxiety awareness organisation.
“It is imperative that we explore different models of health care delivery to address the fact that depression and heart disease are major concerns for Australians,” said chief investigator Professor Linda Worrell-Carter, the Director of ACU/St. Vincent’s (Melbourne) Centre for Nursing Research.
The project adheres strongly to the strategic goals of beyondblue as it aims to improve screening practices for depression in addition to the identification of depression in those admitted to hospital with a heart attack.
The study will link hospital care with the community by involving nurses, general practitioners, cardiologists, mental health service professionals and consumers.
“A key target will be the development of a seamless pathway, that will potentially improve outcomes through the early identification and management of depression in those with heart disease,” said Dr Worrell-Carter.
The research team includes Dr Karen Page and Dr Karen-leigh Edward from St Vincent’s Centre for Nursing Research, St Vincent’s mental health professionals Professor Mike Salzberg and Dr Bridget Hamilton, Frameworks for Health Ms Monica Gilbert and St Vincent's cardiologist Associate Professor Andrew MacIsaacs.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.